On one such visit during the day I got a terribly bad, uneasy feeling in the area and I couldn't shake it for 45 minutes. Even after I'd left and was driving on the interstate the bad feeling stayed with me. After a few hours of not understanding what could have caused such feelings of despair I decided to go back that night. I didn't get the same bad feeling that night. In fact, I felt nothing. I've been back a few times since and haven't experienced anything like that day and nothing paranormal. Although, it is creepy.
I was told by one of my commenters that the tanning yards used to be used for tanning cow hides. Also read online that a long time ago people would shove cars off into a neaby pond killing the victims. There was a woman raped and hanged from the train trestle and some say you can see her on rainy nights.
I just visited the tanning yards in Spartanburg near the new Adidas plant. I'm not sure why they call them that. They have nothing to do with tanning and there are no old textile plants in the area. When I first read it I assumed it had something to do with old abandoned plants. Not so.
Not sure how it got it's name but I will say this most of the places I visit have as far as I can see no real paranormal activity, none that I pick up anyway.
This place which is actually a residential neighborhood with the homes spaces fairly widely apart is very creepy. I felt a sense of dread even after I left the place and was almost home. I live in NC so that was a fair distance away. I live pretty close to the SC state line so I naturally aggregate toward SC and I also like SC. Although, I've explored a number of places in NC as well and even into Tennessee and Virginia. I haven't made into Georgia yet.
Anyway, back to the tanning yards(as they are called), it is a nice area but with a deep sense of dread that hung with me for quite awhile. I visited during the day first and that's when I felt it the worst. Went back later at night and still felt it but not as much. The site of the most dread for me occurred under the train tracks. I felt a strong sense of sadness and dread. For me this is out of the ordinary. There are only a few places that I've felt something and this was one of them most definitely.
The whole area has a sense of dread but the train tracks are the worst.
I believe the story goes there was a woman raped there.
Another notable place on my exploration was an old abandoned business(probably a small plant of some sort) on College st off of N. Blackstock rd.
There are several ways to get to the tanning yards. I took I-26 to exit 16 and turned onto John Dodd Rd and then left onto N. Blackstock rd, followed that out until I got to Falling Creek rd and took a right there. On the other side of Falling Creek Rd is a Valero station. I followed that out, passed the Adidas plant and ket going straight which will take you into a residential area. After a bit you'll come to a pond on the left which is also supposed to be a spot where cars have been dumped then the train tracks. At the end of Falling Creek Rd cornering Cedar Crest Rd is a small cemetery. Also interesting.
It's an interesting place. Worth a trip to look around.
I've been visiting and photographing allegedly haunted and/or abandoned houses/places/roads/highways, etc. for several years now. In the beginning it was mostly North and South Carolina but later when I started travelling extensively I started visiting places throughout the south, midwest and Michigan and Ohio and occasionally other places. Not too many are creepy but most are in disrepair and rural decay. I like photographing old houses, cemeteries, barns, old cars(restored and unrestored) nature, lakes, oceans, etc.
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